Birthday 60 AAR

60th birthday pipes
Britain’s Best Briar (above) and Italian Meerschaum (below)

Yesterday I turned 60 years old. Here’s the after-action review, as a list, with rough ratings for highs (+) and lows (-):

  • Was waked early by Mrs. Smith, who demonstrated that being 60 don’t mean dead. +600
  • Wrote an enjoyably museful blog post. +50
  • Grandson Cristian took my morning horse chores. +100
  • I took a morning nap. +50
  • Kate gave me an awesome Spider-Man blanket. +250
  • Played with my granddaughter Ana. +100
  • Two-hundred-odd people filled my FB timeline with birthday messages. (Or perhaps I should say “two-hundred odd people.”) +210
  • About a dozen had nicely snarky photos or slogans. +60
  • My Belgian daughter caught me by chat. +200
  • My dad called twice. +200
  • I missed both calls. -200
  • Drove the Jeep & trailer to Dwight with recyclables. +50
  • The weather was gorgeous. +100
  • Jenny came along. +200
  • My rearview mirror fell into my lap (again!; I fixed this last Sept.!). -100
  • Got mount parts at the auto store for my trailer license plate. +50
  • Drove to Lincoln to meet my son-in-law, Chris, at a tobacconist. +100
  • The smoke shop was crappy. -150
  • Karly called. +200
  • Chris headed home to unload firewood. -100
  • (I missed out helping with firewood. +/- 50)
  • Went to Ted’s Tobacco. +100
  • Met Ted’s assistant. +50
  • Bought a pipe stand, two estate pipes (see photo above), two $10 cigars, a humidifier, & “Sherlock Holmes” tobacco. +400
  • Spent too much money. -150
  • Broke a bolt on the trailer hitch heading home. -50
  • Got it home anyway. +45
  • Enthusiastic welcome from Dobie (my Chihuahua). +50
  • My dad called again. +200
  • Christine cooked vegan potato soup & lemon cake. +300
  • Family sang typically off-key “Happy Birthday.” +/-50
  • (Didn’t pay Warner corp. music royalties. +50)
  • Tested the Italian Meerschaum. +85
  • Tested the “Britain’s Best Briar” (my new favorite pipe!) +450
  • Slept the sleep of the blessed. +100

SUM: 3600 (coincidentally 602)

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